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Staines Town preview

After a disappointing week consisting of an away loss at VCD Athletic and a postponed game, Wingate & Finchley visit Staines Town in the hope of re-entering the coveted play-off spots in the Ryman Premier League. Simon Lanes side, currently sitting in sixth place, are four points adrift of the top of the table but also five points off 14th place, showing just how tight and competitive this league has been. The Blues have so far lost both league games in December, winning only a London Senior Cup tie against Cockfosters. The loss against VCD last weekend was a huge shame considering the number of chances Wingate had - and the travelling fans will be praying for better finishing from the Blues at Wheatsheaf Park. In the reverse fixture, Staines were the first team to deny Wingate a victory this season and left North London with a share of the spoils after a 0-0 draw. Staines come into this game sat in 17th place after their relegation from the National League South last season. So far in 2015-16, the Swans have found results hard to come by in a League that is extremely difficult to get out of. However, the Wingate defence will have to be very wary of Pat Cox, who has registered 18 goals this season as well as Luke Wanadio, who has scored eight times since the start of the campaign. However, both have a knack of scoring away from home and Lane will be hoping both men are kept quiet this Saturday. Conversely, Staines will have to be aware of Billy Healey, Karl Oliyide, Rob Laney and Lee Barney, who have scored 36 goals between them in the league this season - and with Oliyide returning from injury, this front four could prove to be decisive in the outcome of Saturdays game. With the Blues fired up after the loss last weekend, Staines will have to be wary of a motivated side travelling down to Twickenham. By Nikhil Saglani

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